[PacMasterUpdate] [The Update] Anzac Day 2010

Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends. pacmasterupdate at PacificMasters.org
Mon Apr 26 00:31:16 EDT 2010


As adopted by the Pacific Masters Committee the Mission of Pacific Masters is:

Pacific Masters Swimming welcomes anyone who would like to gain and maintain fitness through swimming and encourages programs to foster this mission.

OPEN WATER 201 - LIMITED Number of Open Water Swimmers - Entries still open
For open water swimmers put on your calendar Sunday, May 2, Open Water 201, Lake Del Valle, Livermore, that is sponsored by Pacific Masters Swimming.

This is an open water clinic for experienced open water swimmers. Must have completed at least 2 OW swims of 1/2 mile each and be able to swim a mile in 30 minutes or less. Key speaker is Lisa Hazen, an international and local open water champion. Limited to 50 swimmers. Dryland talk by Lisa and a panel of OW experts, in water drills, 1/2 mile swim. In water drills will focus on sighting, drafting, passing, buoy turns. There will be a short 200 yard swim to practice what you have learned before the 1/2 mile swim.

The Parkside Mile is on Sunday 16 May, This is a bay swim near San Mateo. The Early entry deadline is 5 May.A swim that has grown in size each year. Water can be chilly but in recent years it has been close to 70 degrees. It depends on the weather the week before. You can have a hot shower at the Joinville pool just down the street. It is free to all swimmers in the event. Get there early if you want to park close. Post event snacks provided.


Spring Lake 1 mile May 22
A one mile loop. Water temp is normally in the mid 60’s, but last year, it was closer to 70 degrees. There are some weeds. This swim is always very well run; they will have you out of there by 11:00 am, even if you stay for the awards. Parking is easy. Nice green lawn to sit on. Post event snacks provided.

Lake Del Valle .75 & 1.5 miles June 6

The 1.5 mile swim is the 2010 USMS National Open Water Championship. USMS Long Distance National championship medals will be given for 1st through 6th place in each age/sex division. Expect a crowd. If you’re new to open water swimming, try the ¾ mile swim. It’s run first. For a good workout, do both. Nice venue, plenty of parking. A good place to bring your kids: they have a swimming area that is roped off. Post event snacks provided.

Come share the deck with some of the world’s top Masters swim coaches. Join us for a weekend of clinics and instruction in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Whether you are looking to learn the basics, hone your skills or become a more efficient coach, SwimFest ‘10 is for registered Masters swimmers and coaches of all levels and abilities.Ten of the most respected Masters coaches came to one location to educate, mentor and share best practices with other Masters coaches. There were 35 coaches who attended last year's SwimFest.

Friday, June 4 is a coaches-only seminar. Saturday, June 5 will be geared towards pool swimming and Sunday, June 6 will focus on open water swimming. We suggest you register early; attendance is limited. The three-day clinic is FREE for Coaches. For swimmers, the cost is $130/day or $200 for both Saturday and Sunday.

Pacific Masters will sponsor coaches to go to SwimFest and PacMasters will pick up the a coaches plane fare to San Diego and 1/2 of the hotel room (if two coaches buddy up at the hotel, your hotel is covered). The number of coaches is limited. If you would like to go, please register NOW. For further information about Swimfest, please contact Cokie Lepinski mailto:coaches at pacificmasters.org


PacMasters Newsletter
The May-June Paciffic Masters newsletter is now available on line. The newsletter includes an article about the Pacific Masters executive committee and it has the meet sheets for May and June and the beginning of July (including the Pac Masters Long Course Championships). Thanks to Joanne Bervan for putting together and editing the newsletter.


PacMasters Calendar
The PacMasters Calendar is now in a calendar format (Monday to Sunday). It has the meet deadlines as well as the dates of the meets themselves. Thanks to Caroline Lamber who created the calendar.


Updated Results File
The Results file of Pacific Masters has been updated. The old file was getting so big and combersome that it had to be trimmed down. Now there are three results files one from 1996-2000, one from 2001-2009 and one that has 2008-2010 results . Thanks to Caroline Lambert for creating the calendar.

What do you receive for your $42.00 for joining PacMasters and US Masters Swimming. US Masters Swimming has list on USMS website that lists the benefits of US Masters Swimming. Also add to that, you receive the The Update on a somewhat weekly basis.

The coach of the nominations are due at the May Pacific Masters meeting (12 May 2010). This is the time to publicly show your coach how much you mean to him. Coaches are underpaid and overworked. They do the job for the love of the sport and Pacific Masters honors one coach a year as the Coach of the Year.

If you want to nominate your coach I would suggest that you write a one page letter telling the committee why s/he should be the coach of the year. Read the nomination procedures (at bottom of page), let the committee know what the coach has meant to you and your team mates.

After you write your letter and if you have letters from your team mates send it to chairman at pacificmasters.org. Unfortunately, there is only one person who can be coach of the year. Many times the coach of the year has been nominated before. Those who have been nominated will be listed at the long course championships (where the coach of the year presentation is made). Also since Pacific has such a plethora of great coaches, we have not yet awarded the Coach of the Year to the same person twice.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honor members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. (From Wikipedia). When I was in Perth, for the FINA World Masters Championships, the last day of the meet was Anzac Day. It is a solemn day. There is a parade of veterans who march. Men are dressed in suits and wear their medals they earned or medals of their fathers. Almost all of the shops were closed that day to allow their employees to participate in the parades. It was very impressive.

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Pac Masters Coach of the Year
1.The purpose of this award is to recognize the Pacific Masters Swimming coach who has demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities.
2.The award criteria are as follows:
a.The coach and Club held current Pacific Masters registration during the year under consideration.
b.The criteria for the award will be considered first, since January 1 of the preceding year, and second, over the coach's career with his or her club. Outstanding contributions to his or her club and its individuals are measured by the following competitive and non-competitive factors:
i.Competitive factors shall include club and individual performance at PMS and USMS Championships in any sanctioned course, as well as relay and individual Pacific Masters, USMS and World records that reflect the coach's skill and inspiration.
ii.Non-competitive factors shall include club vigor, size and growth, club participation and volunteering, and club having hosted well-run events.
iii.Outstanding service to Pacific Masters, USMS and to other public or private community organizations.
iv.Outstanding professional contributions, such as participation in clinics and published works.
3. Nominations and Selection
a.There shall normally be one award given.
b. A nomination announcement shall be published in the appropriate Pac Masters Newsletter. Nominations may be made by any registered Pacific Masters club officer in the form of a written statement addressing both the criteria above and the instructional and inspirational qualities of the coach. The nominating letter and a maximum of four supporting letters from registered Pacific Masters swimmers shall be submitted to the Chairman at or before the May meeting of Pacific Masters
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